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Julian Zelizer on the 'Fault Lines' in American history

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Princeton historian Julian Zelizer, author of 'Fault Lines'
Princeton historian Julian Zelizer joined MPR News for a conversation about his new book "Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974."
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What's one thing that Democrats, Republicans and Independents can all agree on? — that America is divided.

More than 90 percent of Americans say the country is divided across political lines, according to a recent poll from PRRI and The Atlantic.

Two Princeton historians say that in order to understand the division of today, we need to look beyond the 2016 election.

In their new book, "Fault Lines: A History of the United States since 1974," Julian Zelizer and Kevin M. Kruse argue that the roots of the division we see today started in the '70s and have unfolded over the last several decades.

MPR guest host Steph Curtis spoke with Julian Zelizer about the pivotal moments that have shaped America today.

To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.